IOC not to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia

Zeenews Sports Bureau

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge refused to consider the possibility of sanctions against Saudi Arabia as they continued to resist its efforts to have women in their team to London.

The prospect of allowing Saudi women under an IOC flag is also not under IOC’s agenda. "We are continuing to discuss with them, and their athletes are training and we hope that they will qualify in due time for the Games," Rogge told reporters. "There is absolutely no reason to consider the participation of Saudi women under an IOC flag.”

"There is a commitment (to allow women to compete), it is not an easy situation and we are working with them to find a solution."

If the issue remains unresolved, Saudi Arabia would be the only country competing in London without a female representative. Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia were the only countries to send all male teams to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Both Qatar and Brunei have committed to sending women athletes to London.

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